lack of flowers on dogwood - Knowledgebase Question

Greenwood Lake, Ne
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Question by omnidance
April 17, 2010
Hi - I have a pink dogwood tree, about 10 years old. It seems healthy, but has always had sparse flowers. This year is ridiculous - I have only 3 flowers! It's in half-day sun, half-day shade. It has plenty of room around it. What's wrong? Many thanks.

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2010
Dogwoods don't really like to grow in full sunshine, but they flower more profusely if they get at least 6 hours of sun each day. The shadier the planting spot, the fewer flowers they will produce. Other things that can cause poor flowering are water stress during the previous summer and fall or too much nitrogen. If yours is planted near a lawn or flower bed where you regularly fertilize, it may be getting too much nitrogen. Try watering deeply once each week all growing season so it will go into the winter months healthy, and don't apply fertilizer near the root zone. Hope these simple steps will result in lots of flowers next spring.

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